Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Seeing Lady Dedlock has the effect of ___________.

2. Guppy reveals that Nemo's last name, and perhaps Esther's, may be ___________.

3. Miss Flite resides at ___________.

4. Prince Turveydrop's profession is that of ___________.

5. Richard moves into a new apartment near ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?

2. What seems to be the underlying reason for the officer's suspicions about Jo? Can Jo be compared to our homeless population toady?

3. What purpose does it serve having Lady Dedlock take a shine to the lovely new maid, Rosa?

4. What is the significance of the "beadle" arriving at Nemo's death scene if any? What is the beadle?

5. Jarndyce v. Jarndyce has finally come to an end, with all the money at issue having been swallowed up in legal costs. Why does Richard Carstone die at this time?

6. Describe Mrs. Jellyby's compassion for humanity. Is she a rational person?

7. Discuss Krook's strange death. What is spontaneous combustion?

8. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?

9. What is Lady Dedlock's favorite way to hide? Why does she die?

10. How could Esther feel responsible for Mr. Boythorn's sadness? In addition, what does this imply about Esther?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story of Bleak House includes mistreated, abandoned, ill, homeless, and neglected children. In an essay, address each of these instances. Are they all associated with poverty? What is the point of making unfortunate children such a prominent part of this story?

Essay Topic 2

Write a well-researched paper about England's system of currency in the 1800s. Determine the name of each denomination and approximately what it was worth, or what it could buy. When did the system change and why?

Essay Topic 3

A "beadle" was something of a cross between a police officer and church official. Research the role of beadles in England in the 1800s. How did society view them at that time? It is helpful to re-read Chapter 11 of Bleak House about the beadle's arrival at Krook House at the time of Nemo's death.

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